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And just like that…

So, it’s 2017!  Just like that!

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(This blog post will feature random photos from the year).

I still have over 30 garments from 2016 that have not yet been blogged.  Gulp.  I have finally made it as far as getting photos for most of them and uploading them to Flickr, so maybe while we’re away I can get a few of them up here on the blog.  It would be nice to get that done before February.

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Did you notice that “away” sentence?  I think that mentioned a few times now – we’re heading off overseas for three weeks!  We depart on Thursday for Thailand, heading first to Bangkok for a couple of nights (if the planets align I might be able to catch up with Meg while we’re there), then taking an overnight train to Vientiane, Laos.  We have five nights there, then move to Luang Prabang (also Laos) for six nights, then fly back across to Chiang Mai, Thailand for another seven nights (I’m hoping to catch up with Gaye again while we’re there).  We are SO looking forward to it.  (And yes we do have a house/dog sitter staying while we are away so we are not telling potential burglers about an empty house – because it won’t be!)

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I do plan to blog about our holiday regularly while we’re away, depending on available time and wifi access, so those people who come here for the sewing, I’m letting you know in advance that for most of January this blog will primarily be about our family travels!

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Last time we visited Thailand the girls were 11 and 7 years old respectively.  This time Clare will be 14 (her birthday is on that overnight train) and Stella will be 9.  They are equally excited about our travels, and we’re fortunate that both of them travel very well.

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We all feel very much in need of this holiday.  My husband has been in his current job for over a year now, and this will be his first proper break.  There has been quite a bit of interstate travel involved for him over the past year, which he doesn’t really enjoy, and he’s looking forward to this trip very much.  I tend to do all the holiday organisation and planning, so he can sit back and do some reading and some exploring and just enjoy.

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Clare goes into Year Nine at school once we’re back.  She’s doing very well academically, has made a great group of friends with common interests and I thought that many of you would be interested to know that she won the Year 8 Design Technology (what many of us know as Textiles) award this year.  Stella will go into Grade Four, with teachers she’s had before and we know will bring out her best.  She’s at a small primary school of around 200 kids, and we all benefit from the close community that it provides.  She’s had a great year culminating in her first dance concert, where she really did show off her natural movement and expression.  And finally she really gets reading – hooray!

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I anticipate that the girls will be busy with their usual activities during 2017.  Camps with Girl Guides, music lessons, dance classes, school productions, copious amounts of time playing Sims or Minecraft.

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And me?  After we get back from holidays (there’s that wonderful word again) I go straight into starting a new job.  It was very sad to leave my current one, as I deeply value many of my colleagues, but the new job was an offer that I just couldn’t resist.  It’s three days per week (I was doing two days previously, but often more with other contract work or additional days) and I figure that it will take me quite a while to get used to it.  I’m looking forward to being involved in bigger picture issues, and extending on my current skills.  It’s an exciting time yet I’m also quite nervous.

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There will be social occasions with my sewing friends.  Thanks goodness for blogs and instagram!  Melbourne has a wonderful group of fun, intelligent, creative and clever people who just love sewing and love to talk about it – especially in conjunction with food and drink.  Thanks to all of you!  I already have a few weekends away planned – one with the “school mums”, two to Sewjourn.  I love all these women.  They add so much to my life.  I will be ever grateful to the internet for turning what could easily be a solitary hobby into the opportunity to meaningfully connect with others.

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As for sewing goals?  Well, they change all the time.  I need to do another wardrobe purge.  I will need some dressier clothes for my new job, so will need to shift the proportions of casual versus more formal in my wardrobe.  I’ve also put on quite a bit of weight this year, and doubt it will vanish any time soon, so need to get rid of any clothes that are a bit too small and/or uncomfortable.

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There will always be sewing.  My main aim will be to use what I have as much as possible.  To enjoy that time searching in my stash for the right fabric to go with the right pattern.  There is so much in there that I love!  And I haven’t used up all of the fabric I bought the last time I was in Chiang Mai.  I have many patterns just crying out to be sewn.  Speaking of my fabric stash and sewing room, it was recently featured on the Curvy Sewing Collective blog.  Many thanks to them for asking me  to take part.

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I never quite know how to adequately thank those of you who read my blog, and those of you who also manage to leave comments!  I don’t always respond as much as I’d like to, and that is something I plan to change.  I really enjoy and appreciate our interactions, and reading other people’s blogs is always a highlight of my day.  Yes, Instagram has definitely slowed down blogging, but in my view there is always a place for a blog.  I’ll keep on going with mine – February will be my ten-year bloggiversary!  For someone who has never been able to keep a journal or diary, that’s significant.  And it’s really due to all of you.

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So, we’re looking ahead, not looking behind.  I hope that 2017 is a year of joy, prosperity and health for all of you.  We certainly hope that’s what it will be for us!


16 thoughts on “And just like that…

  1. Happy new year! And bon voyage! I will enjoy following along on your holiday when you get the chance to blog it. I really enjoyed your last trip to South-East Asia, so I’m looking forward to this one, too.

  2. Happy new year to you and your family Lara. Loving your blog and look forward to your future adventures be it sewing or travels. I feel really lucky now that I have met with another sewing community. I have joined the Waverley ASG and it is also a lovely group of very talented women. My sister also attends that group. I have a weekly sewing ‘class’ which I have attended for 25 years with a very nurturing experienced teacher. I am a clearly a very slow learner. Lol. Hope that it won’t be too long before we all meet again. Kindest regards. Susan.

  3. Lara best wishes for your holiday and your new job. Your blog has inspired me to do much more sewing. I too thank the internet for the connections I can make and the knowledge that people share. I don’t know many people who sew where I live so envy you the real life community you have in Melbourne. One day I will come to a Frocktails!!

  4. Happy New Year and have a wonderful holiday with your family. I’m looking forward to seeing what fabulous fabric goodies you bring back and your makes for 2017 will continue to be inspiring

  5. Happy New Year to you and your family. I don’t comment very often but really enjoy your blog. Being a Melburnian I am also interested to read where you buy your fabric. Thank you for sharing your sewing and family adventures.

  6. Happy New Year and happy holidays too! I worked for Thai Airways many moons ago in the UK so the place names jump out at me from those days in reservations and sales!

    I love your blog as well, even though our seasons are opposite to yours. I sometimes think you lead fashion wise and we catch up when the seasons change!
    Your sewing room is to die for, I’ve plans to move mine so it’s inspiring me too.

  7. Happy New Year Lara I love your blog, and always learn something. I don’t comment much, as there seem be lots of issues with commenting on my iPad.

  8. And thank you to you Lara for consistently sharing your makes and pattern reviews and sending out ideas to us all – for me especially – it’s to sew an outfit and not orphans!
    Have a very happy and successful 2017.

  9. Happy new year! I’ve been reading your blog for ages now, but I’m not sure I’ve ever commented! I love sewing and really enjoy that my hobby is so popular these days! Thanks for blogging – it’s inspiring seeing what you make and although your style is a bit different to mine, I’m inspired by your makes! Your reviews are thorough and the quality of your makes is something I admire. I just wouldn’t find the time write a blog, but I love reading them!! I found StyleArc via your blog and have loved what I’ve made from them so far. Enjoy your holiday!

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